A Houston-Born Line of Sanitizers Elevates the 'New Normal'

Make room in your handbags for an all-new generation of personal-size hand sanitizers, surface cleaners, mask sprays and travel kits, created by Houston entrepreneurs Molly Voorhees and Christina Milligan.


After trying so many harsh (and unattractive) sanitizers, Voorhees and Milligan decided to make their own elegant product for everyday use that would not only smell great, but also feel and look great. Cobalt was born. "As working moms of school-aged children, we saw a gap in the market for a convenient and elevated product that allows consumers to confidently resume their new normal lifestyles when soap and water are not available," says Milligan. "Our hands are exposed to so many high-traffic surfaces throughout the day, and we wanted to create a product that not only looks great, but smells and feels great, too."

Cobalt's initial launch includes six FDA-approved products: Crisp Peppermint Hand Sanitizer ($15), Cootie-Killing Bubble Gum Hand Sanitizer ($15), Surface Cleaner ($15), Germ Out Keychain ($14), Peppermint Mask Spray ($15), and the Touch & Go Kit ($30), which includes an all-surface cleaner, hand sanitizer and two microfiber cloths. Every little detail has been beautifully thought through: from the chic cobalt-blue glass bottles and refreshing peppermint and bubble-gum scents to the keychain's clip-on design that's perfect for backpacks and purses. The fast-absorbing mask-misting spray, in particular, is an attractive on-the-go product that is sure to become a must-have.

If you need another reason to feel good, Cobalt has partnered with William Price Distilling Company, a local whiskey distillery providing relief and employment to furloughed restaurant and bar employees. "Each purchase not only protects our customers and others from unnecessary germs, but it also directly supports out-of-work hospitality staff who are working with our team to fill and package each product," says Voorhees, who's also the president of Beck's Prime. "We are passionate about finding solutions to help consumers feel comfortable with traveling, returning to work and revisiting their favorite restaurants."

Cobalt hand sanitizers are currently available online at cobaltclean.com, and the rest of the collection launches soon.

Style

SOUTH FLORIDA-BASED Italian shoe line Concetto Limone will make its Texas debut at a cocktail reception at Valobra Master Jewelers (2150 Westheimer Rd.) on Thursday, April 29 from 5-7pm. The evening of "All Things Italian" will transport guests immediately to the coast of southern Italian as they sip on Italian wines, Aperol Spritzes, Negronis and Limoncellos while feasting on an assortment of Italian hors d'oeuvres from Houston's beloved Tony's. Invited guests will have the first glance in Texas on the Concetto Limone line and the opportunity to purchase unisex styles on Thursday evening and all day Friday at a trunk show at Valobra.

Keep Reading Show less
Style

"Captain America" Artist: Eliseo Hilario The Kingsmen Car Club, Houston, TX

LONGTIME HOUSTON PHOTOGRAPHER Emily Jaschke has shot over the years for nearly every publication in Houston, and for local non-profits like The Diana Foundation, Urban Harvest and Second Servings. But in her first solo exhibition of her photographic work, she's going full metal — Full Metal Jaschke, that is.

Keep Reading Show less
Art + Entertainment

Canadian mezzo-soprano, who trained at the HGO Studio, will star in the title of Carmen, the company's first live show since Covid. (photo from @tact_international_management on Instagram)

AFTER THE COVID-19 pandemic forced Houston Grand Opera to make its 2020-21 season an all-virtual affair through their new HGO Digital platform, the lauded company is making its triumphant return to live productions this fall with a 2021-22 season stacked with audience favorites like Carmen and The Magic Flute. And of the six highly anticipated mainstage productions on the company's repertoire for the season, four of them will be conducted by women — toi toi toi — with the other two operas boasting female directors.
Keep Reading Show less
Art + Entertainment